WHO I FISHED WITH: This morning, Wednesday, Dec. 2nd, I fished with Brian Linford of El Paso, TX, and his “homeless” father, Larry Linford, who is weighing his options after selling his home in Idaho Falls, ID, and is considering becoming at least a winter-Texas given that his adult kids all live down this way.
The two were visiting relatives in the Belton area and decided to give Lake Belton a try. Larry hadn’t done much white bass fishing before, and Brian was eager to see how I put sonar, in particular the GARMIN LiveScope, into practice in a “real-world” fish-finding scenario.
After seeing what he saw, but knowing his wife would not be wild about the possibility of another sonar purchase, Brian considered his alternatives and informed Larry, “Dad, I know what I want for Christmas.” Larry just laughed.
PHOTO CAPTION #1: From right: Larry and Brian Linford with a few of the 3-year class fish from our haul of 126 fish taken from Lake Belton on MAL Lures this morning in advance of a dry cold front which came in around 1PM.
WHERE WE FISHED: Belton Lake
WHEN WE FISHED: Wednesday (AM), 02 December 2020
HOW WE FISHED:
It was a pretty crazy weather day today which resulting in me having to postpone my afternoon outing due to forecast high winds.
We had a mild, dry cold front approaching from the NW, but this morning’s trip did not coincide with the pre-frontal wind shift in advance of that front, so, we had enjoyable conditions, but pretty average fishing. We were aided by light, grey cloud cover, but hindered by a lack of wind.
When the wind blew, the activity level of the fish rose noticeably, but, the opposite was also true.
We put our 100th fish in the boat today right at 11:20, the, because I had already made a call to postpone the afternoon trip and was under no time constraints, we hit an area I haven’t fished in a while to scout it out a bit. I found fish in about 35′ on bottom, and we fished them until they quit, putting a “bonus” 26 fish in the boat and taking our final tally to 126 fish.
In that mix was 1 freshwater drum, 2 smallmouth bass, 8 largemouth bass, and 115 white bass. No hybrid striped bass in the mix this morning.
See the MAL Lure here: https://whitebasstools.com/
See tutorial video on how to work the MAL Lure here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDSvfXgrAUE&t=239s
TALLY: 126 fish caught and released
OBSERVATIONS: No gull activity today after a 4-day run of solid bird action.
Start Time: 7:30A
End Time: 11:50A
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 45F
Elevation: 0.87 low with a 0.01’ 24-hour drop and 34 CFS flow thru the dam
Water Surface Temp: 60.8F
Wind Speed & Direction: Light SE breeze at trip’s start, then just short stints of light breezes from the SW thereafter in the hours immediately preceding the arrival of yet another mild, dry cold front which started with a northerly wind around 1P, and which led to the postponement of this afternoon’s trip due to high forecast winds (18, gusting 25)
Sky Condition: Grey skies all morning with occasional mist, as well as occasional, brief breaks of sun through the clouds.
Moon Phase: Waning gibbous moon at 96% illumination
GT = 60
AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
**Area vic 1483; 15 fish on MAL Lures (SP)
**Area vic 1489; 21 fish on MAL Lures (SP)
**Area vic 354; 34 on MAL Lures (SP)
**Area vic B0051G; 31 fish on MAL Lures (SP)
**Area vic 579; 25 fish on MAL Lures (SP)
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